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  1. Looks like Unit 15311 to me, for the Manila Army Air Depot, under the 14th Army. At the very least, this tag came from the Philippines. Tom
  2. Excellent grouping! Your unit code by the way is indeed part of the 118th Division, last located in N. China. 6046 is for the 225th Independent Infantry Battalion within the 118th Div. Tom
  3. Wow, the wear marks are quite pronounced! The location names are pretty worn on the map side. Must have been used heavily, great piece! Tom
  4. Only place that would have such an archive would be Yasukuni, but that is not available to the general public. The only battle I have ever had luck in IDing items from is Attu. There is a complete Attu garrison memorial booklet that IDs all Japanese soldiers who fell there. So the elementary school coloring book pictures were originally black and white and they were colored in? Tom
  5. Looks like Google translate has a ways to go when it comes to this kind of stuff. Tom
  6. Very interesting, thanks for sharing! love that old school Visa card in the middle of all that cash. Tom
  7. A very unusual tag, but very nice. I don't believe I have seen a named sub unit like that. Usually they just have the numbered company, etc. It would be very interesting to know this tag's journey and how it ended up on Guam. The unit designation of 鏡6804 was for the 104th Infantry Regiment within the 13th Division. This division was in central China during the war, located in the area of Changsha, China. I wonder if there is a further unit identifier on the reverse of the tag? Maybe recycled tag due to a transfer. Tom
  8. Interesting flag. Mostly has well wisher names arrayed around the sun. Information on the right hand side of the flag includes the usual Buunchokyu (Eternal fortune in War) slogan found on most of these flags, the soldier's name who the flag was presented to, the name of a village association, most likely the entity that gave the flag to the soldier, and what is not often seen is a date, possibly when the flag was stamped at a shrine with the shrine seal, or maybe when it was presented to the soldier: September 10, 1943. Very cool bring backs! My grandfather brought back a grenade riddled Arisaka rifle from Tarawa -- still trying to hunt that down. Tom
  9. You might already know this, but the flag is a post war occupation flag with the veteran's full name on it, with the Japanese kanji above it stating, "Certain Victory". Tom
  10. TomP

    Iwo Jima items

    Very cool! I was able to visit Iwo as well back in 2007. That is one interesting island. Tom
  11. Thanks for sharing! My Grandfather was on Tinian with the 40th BG, but didn't bring anything like that back. Anything from Tinian, particularly Japanese items, is rare. There just doesn't seem to be much out there. Thanks again, very nice pieces of history. Tom
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